Hargeisa: a capital in search of a country, by Sean McLachlan

For a people without an official nation, Somalilanders sure love their flag.It’s everywhere–painted on doors, flying from government buildings and private homes, hanging from rear view mirrors, worn on...

For a people without an official nation, Somalilanders sure love their flag.It’s everywhere–painted on doors, flying from government buildings and private homes, hanging from rear view mirrors, worn on belt buckles and even knitted into a cap like this barber is wearing in the photo. Somalilanders are proud of their nation and want everyone to know it.After sleeping off a grueling ten-hour bus ride to get to the capital Hargeisa, I wake up and see at least a dozen flags from my hotel window. I’m eager to start exploring. I don’t know what to expect. Somalilanders say the capital is safe, but can an unrecognized government next to one of the world’s worst war zones really keep the peace?

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